Kemper unemployment rate remains same for last month


Kemper County’s April 2021 unemployment rate of 7.8 percent stayed the same when compared to the previous month

But what a difference a year can make. The COVID-19 Pandemic was in full swing, causing unemployment rates to climb into the teens and higher across the nation. Businesses and industries were forced to cease operations and send their employees home to avoid infection. Kemper County’s unemployment rate in April 2020 stood at 13.5 percent which was below the state’s 15.4 percent and the nation’s 14,4 percent, according to numbers from the Mississippi Employment Security Commission.

Kemper County’s labor force in April 2021 stood at 3,400 people. Of that, 270 people were out of work.

Here is a look at the unemployment rates in neighboring counties.

Apr2021 Mar. 2021 Apr. 2020

Neshoba 5.9 6.0 16.4

Leake   5.7   6.1    13.3

Lauderdale 5.7  5.8  15.8

Newton 5.7  5.9 13.6

Scott  4.8 4.9  14.0

Noxubee  8.9 8.8 15.8

Winston  6.5  6.9 13.3

Attala 6.4  6.9  15.4


Mississippi’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for April 2021 was 5.8 percent, decreasing four-tenths of a percentage point from the previous month’s rate of 6.2 percent. When compared to the April 2020 rate of 15.4 percent, the rate decreased 9.6 percentage points.

The number of unemployed decreased 3,900 over the month, while the employed total increased 12,800 from the prior month. The Nation’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for April 2021 at 5.7 percent was down five-tenths of a percentage point from 6.2 percent in March 2021 and 8.7 percentage points from 14.4 percent in April 2020.

Mississippi’s not seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment increased 2,400 over the month and 107,400 over the year.

 Industry sectors registering the largest monthly employment gains were leisure and hospitality, and educational and health services.

For the month of April 2021, 32 counties in Mississippi posted unemployment rates less than or equal to the state’s rate of 5.8 percent. Rankin County posted the lowest unemployment rate for the month of April at 3.7 percent followed by Lamar County at 4.2 percent. Jefferson County had the highest unemployment rate for April at 16.0 percent followed by Humphreys County at 12.7 percent

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